TribalWorks Offers Online Exhibit of Yoruba oshe Shangos TribalArtery.blogspot.com has launched a special slideshow exhibition of 31 Yoruba oshe shango dance wands from the private collection of William Waites.
News-Antique.com - Jan 25,2009 - TribalArtery.blogspot.com is presenting a new, special online exhibition of authentic Yoruba tribal dance wands used by devotees of Shango, the Yoruba god of thunder and lightning. The Yoruba is Africa's largest tribe living principally in Nigeria.
Please scroll down to the "Story of Shango" entry, which also discusses the interesting background and history of Shango worship.
Shango is a part of Yoruba mythology that says Shango was a king of Yoruba. He was a very capricious man and loved to play with his magical powers. One time he cast a volley of thunderbolts a t village, just for fun. It ended up killing his wife and family among other of his subjects.
He was so disturbed by his act that he left the village and went into the woods where he committed suicide. When other is in the tribe began to mock him, storms and winds and extreme weather buffeted the village. His devotees elevated him to a god. The double celt found on on most shango wands represents the shattering of the air by lightning and thunder when he is active.
A slide show presenting 31 oshe (Yoruba for "wand") Shangos from the collection of African Art collector, William Waites, is included. The online exhibit may be viewed in individual frames by clicking on forward and back buttons or as a timed auto-sequence by clicking on "View on Slideshare."
Inquiries concerning these unusual dance wands, seldom seen in this concentration, should be directed to Sanibelart at gmail.com.